Lapita Pottery Term Paper by Nicky

Lapita Pottery
An overview of the research on Lapita pottery and ceramics.
# 148261 | 1,612 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2011 in Archaeology (Other Regions)

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This paper reviews some of the research that explores the Lapita craftsmanship through archaeological studies. The paper outlines how researchers are unearthing truths about the people who created the pottery and lived many years ago. The paper posits that a greater volume of information about Lapita people and their ceramic skills will be forthcoming through future research.

The Literature

From the Paper:

"Meanwhile, Dr. Matthew Walter Felgate of the University of Auckland has produced a 500+ page research document focused on Lapita "pottery scatters" in shallow water and lagoons in the Solomon Islands (Felgate, 2003). Felgate - who prepared his massive and mostly deep science manuscript as a fulfillment of his Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology - writes that there has existed a "large gap in the recorded distribution of Lapita." Hence, his work has involved the scientific interpretation with reference to the discoveries of Lapita pottery in the sheltered, land-locked Roviana Lagoon (near Bougainville), which is centrally located in the "gap" that he sought to define more clearly for the literature."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ambrose, Wal. "The implements of Lapita ceramic stamped ornamentation." The AustralianNational University / Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School ofPacific and Asian Studies. Retrieved April 28, 2009, from
  • Felgate, Matthew Walter. "Reading Lapita in Near Oceania: Intertidal and Shallow-WaterPottery Scatters, Roviana Lagoon, New Georgia, Solomon Islands." The University ofAuckland (2003). Retrieved April 27, 2009, from
  • Kennett, D. J., Anderson, A. J., Cruz, M. J., Clark, G. R., and Summerhayes, G. R. "Geochemical Characterization of Lapita Pottery Via Inductively Coupled Plasma-MassSpectrometry (ICP-MS)." Archaeometry, 46.1 (2004): 35-46.
  • Tonga National Commission for UNESCO. "Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (A NationalSerial Site for consideration as the Kingdom of Tonga's contribution to a transnationalSerial site listing." Retrieved April 27, 2009, from (2007).
  • Winkler, Tim. "Heads fund in pots in Vanuatu dig." The Australian National University. Retrieved April 28, 2009, from (2007).

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